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Dominica Is Not the Dominican Republic: Here's How the Caribbean Destination Plans to Attract Wellness Travelers

With a new logo and branding strategy, the Caribbean island of Dominica is gearing up for tourism growth. In February, the Lesser Antilles destination unveiled an ambitious rebranding, complete with new marketing materials that include videos and trade show assets. It’s all part of a joint effort between Discover Dominica Authority and the Ministry of Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives. In the same way that travelers and the tourism industry are evolving, the destination

Hotel Review: Corazon Cabo Resort & Spa in Los Cabos

The first thing you rave about when visiting a hotel in Cabo San Lucas is the view. At least, that was the first thing I raved about during my stay at Corazon Cabo Resort & Spa, which opened this year as the newest member of Noble House Hotels & Resorts. There are many hotels in Los Cabos that offer beautiful views, of course. But none are quite like Corazon Cabo, which sits near Playa Medano, the only major swimmable beach in Cabo San Lucas. The newbuild tower, which has 310 guestrooms and sui

Where to Go Horseback Riding in Guadalajara — Bosque Los Colomos (VIDEO)

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Guadalajara, consider a visit to Bosque Los Colomos, a park where you can go horseback riding on guided tours. In my latest Mexico travel video, I show what the experience is like. The park has full-size horses as well as ponies for the kids and you can saddle up for a peaceful excursion led by a guide. We paid 100 Mexican pesos (about U.S.$5) for a ride of about 45 minutes through some peaceful woods that seems a far cry from the bustling city. And we

How California Excels at Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

For planners looking to ensure the diversity, equity and inclusivity (DEI) of their meetings and events, California provides an ideal destination. There are plenty of reasons why the Golden State is a great option for group prioritizing DEI. According to personal finance site WalletHub, California is the most diverse state in the nation, with the most linguistic diversity. No one race or ethnic group makes up a majority of the state's population

LGBTQ Travel in the Caribbean

Like many people, LGBTQ travelers are often attracted to the Caribbean’s sun, sand and diverse cultures. But they may need to book with greater caution than most vacationers, since some Caribbean destinations are less than welcoming to this niche. So how do you plan a perfect — and safe — LGBTQ vacation in the Caribbean? "It is crucial for travel agents to understand that each Caribbean island has a culture of its own,” said Thibault Masson, a gay man who operates a travel site called SaintBart

How to Find LGBTQ-Friendly All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico

The March wedding of actor Jonathan Bennett (known for his role in the film “Mean Girls”) and Jaymes Vaughn at Unico 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya was a high-profile example of the LGBTQ friendliness of many all-inclusive resorts in Mexico. But the fact that Bennett says he was denied a same-sex destination wedding by another all-inclusive property last year underscores the need for LGBTQ travelers to choose accommodations carefully. UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya, a member of AIC Hotel Group, is

New York City Shows Off its New Attractions and Hotels

New York City never fails to impress with its vibrant array of attractions and hotels. And this year the Big Apple offers even more excitement, thanks to new developments in several popular neighborhoods in the heart of Manhattan. It’s no wonder NYC & Company — the city’s tourism office — expects an especially good year. Among the most eye-catching new attractions, the city’s multiple observatories expanded with new features and experiences. Edge, which debuted at Hudson Yards in 2020 as the hi

HOTEL VIDEO TOUR: Corazon Cabo Resort & Spa, a Hot New Los Cabos Hotel

Los Cabos is known for its amazing hotels, and one of the newest, Corazon Cabo Resort & Spa, is a decidedly picturesque place to stay, as I show in my latest unfiltered Mexico hotel video tour. My full Corazon Cabo hotel review will soon be published in TravelAge West, but for now, I want to share some of my own personal thoughts about this new Los Cabos hotel and also show the video tour, to give you an inside peek at the hotel rooms, restaurants and amazing hotel views.

The Best Cities and Hotels for Cinco de Mayo in Mexico

Cinco de Mayo may be one of Mexico’s best-known holidays in the United States, but most travelers probably don’t know its real significance. Luckily, there are several ways to learn about the true origins of Cinco de Mayo while enjoying a Mexico vacation. First things first: Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s independence day. It’s actually a commemoration of an important military victory of Mexico’s armed forces against Napoleon III’s French troops during the Battle of Puebla in 1862.

The New Change to Mexico’s Tourist Visa That You Probably Don't Know About

Mexico-bound travelers can no longer assume they’ll be granted the maximum number of days for their vacation, according to several industry observers. While Mexico’s immigration laws haven’t changed, various sources report that the Mexican government has revised its approach to determining the approved length of stay, and no longer provides an automatic 180 days for foreign tourists. The tourist permit, known in Spanish as the “forma migratoria multiple” (FMM), is generally issued when a forei

Is This the Fastest & Best Ice Cream in Mexico? (VIDEO)

Mexico is known for its exquisite cuisine. And while ice cream isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Mexican food, it may jump up a few notches in your list after you try one very tasty brand that’s served in Guadalajara. What’s especially cool is that not only is this Mexican ice cream delicious, but it also just might be the most efficiently served, thanks to a unique and fast-paced service system. I was surprised and delighted with my experience at Nieves de

What Travel Advisors Really Think About the TSA Mask Mandate

The recent announcement by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) about extending face mask requirements on public transportation through April 18 has generated a lot of buzz. The U.S. Travel Association, for example, is pushing for an end to the mandate, saying that giving travelers the choice to take off their masks is necessary for the continued recovery of the airline and travel industry. But how much will the continuation — or suspension — of the mask mandate really affect trave

What’s It Really Like to Fly into Mexico City’s New Airport? Edgardo Espino’s Amazing Travel Video Takes Us Inside

This month’s debut of the controversial Felipe Angeles International Airport (AIFA), the newest airport to serve Mexico City, has garnered lots of attention. I’ve written about the criticism and the praise. But what’s it really like to use the new AIFA airport? To get an insider’s view, I spoke with Edgardo Espino, a travel blogger and vlogger who was a passenger on the first flight (ever!) from Guadalajara (GDL) to Felipe Angeles International Airport (which is often called AIFA by its initial
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